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16 popular baby names experts predict will soon go out of fashion

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·4-min read
Photo credit: Anastasiia Krivenok - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anastasiia Krivenok - Getty Images

Picking a baby name is hard, isn't? It needs to be something A) you like, B) your partner likes, C) your family doesn't hate, D) your child won't get teased for, and E) that will stand the test of time. No pressure, then.

If your biggest concern is ensuring that your child's name remains 'in vogue' throughout their life, then the following information will be very much of interest to you...

It's easy to become inspired by what's popular at the time you have your baby, but there are a group of names that are particularly favoured right now that are predicted to go out of fashion in the next decade. Having looked at the data and assessed the trends over the past five years, family history platform MyHeritage has pulled out the names in question, which they believe will soon be replaced by newer, unique names and old-fashioned ones that have come back around.

These 16 names have all proven very popular over the past few years, but have gradually started to dip in popularity between 2015 and 2019 (the most recent official baby name data we have). As a result, analysts predict they may all slip out of the top 100 list in the coming years.

Photo credit: Anastasiia Krivenok - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anastasiia Krivenok - Getty Images

Baby names that are starting to decline in popularity:

Amelia

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 5,158

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 3,712

Estimated decline date: 2029

Charlie

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 4,831

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 3,355

Estimated decline date: 2028

Ella

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 3,028

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 2,105

Estimated decline date: 2029

Emily

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 3,893

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 2,262

Estimated decline date: 2024

Harry

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 5,308

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 3,823

Estimated decline date: 2029

Isla

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 3,474

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 2,981

Estimated decline date: 2041

Jack

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 5,371

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 3,381

Estimated decline date: 2027

Jacob

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 4,850

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 3,065

Estimated decline date: 2026

Jessica

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 2,937

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 1,439

Estimated decline date: 2023

Oliver

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 6,941

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 4,932

Estimated decline date: 2029

Olivia

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 4,853

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 4,082

Estimated decline date: 2042

Ruby

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 2,215

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 1,656

Estimated decline date: 2029

Sophie

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 2,779

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 1,727

Estimated decline date: 2026

Thomas

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 4,075

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 2,957

Estimated decline date: 2030

William

Number of babies with this name born in 2015: 4,083

Number of babies with this name born in 2019: 2,667

Estimated decline date: 2027

Photo credit: Suradech14 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Suradech14 - Getty Images

While the above baby names are expected to drop in popularity, the experts predict on the up will be more vintage names such as Bertie, Olive, Violet, Wilfred, Elsie and Leonard.

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